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question of the day: Another ‘Terminator’ movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger: a good idea or a machine uprising to be put down?

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long-running role as governor of California has come to an end, so it’s time for him to start shopping himself around again. And why not go with the tried and true? From 24 Frames:

The new film, loosely dubbed “Terminator 5,” is being shopped to studios. There is no script or screenwriter, but a person close to what Hollywood terms a film package, who asked not to be identified because of the early nature of the negotiations, confirmed that Creative Artists Agency has begun shopping the rights to make the movie, though with no plotline as yet. Schwarzenegger, the person said, would play a starring role as the title character in the science-fiction film, not a supporting role in which he passed the baton to a new hero. The movie would be directed by “Fast Five” director Justin Lin.

As 24 Frames goes on to note:

Tuesday’s news raises nearly as many creative questions as it answers. The offshoot “Terminator Salvation,” directed by McG, was roughed up by critics but pocketed $371 million worldwide. It was supposed to be the start of a new trilogy starring Sam Worthington. But the return of Arnold, and the fact that McG will not have a place on this film, means that the new Skynet saga could pick up the narrative trail of the third picture, 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” or start in yet another new direction. (“Machines” finished with Nick Stahl’s John Connor and Claire Danes’ Kate Brewster running from Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, with all three still alive at movie’s end.)

I’m really beginning to think that Hollywood is hopeless, that it will never again give us another original idea, and perhaps we should welcome the robot apocalypse.

Another Terminator movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger: a good idea or a machine uprising to be put down?

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